Cof­fee and fenced play ar­eas - bliss!

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT - TESSA WARDS

READER CON­TRI­BU­TION: Be­com­ing a mother for the first time is an ex­pe­ri­ence no one can pre­pare you for.

You have this tiny un­pre­dictable hu­man in your com­pany 24/7.

While it mostly feels like you’re in a bub­ble of won­der­ful hap­pi­ness, there are days that can also feel long and lonely.

Never fear though, as what­ever the day brings you, you al­ways have your favourite cafe to go to for cel­e­bra­tion or respite.

These warm buzzy places full of en­ergy and peo­ple are in­stant medicine if you’re feel­ing low, and even if you’re feel­ing on top of the world they can make you feel like you’re fly­ing higher.

Whether you’re hav­ing a 1:1 date with you and your pre­cious bun­dle (in my case; fas­ci­nat­ingly cu­ri­ous and chatty 2.5 year old), or meet­ing your all-im­por­tant cof­fee group (who against orig­i­nal ex­pec­ta­tions have be­come your soul sis­ters – yes, they re­ally have) – these havens are re­li­gious in their ef­fect.

Be­fore kids we were work­ing full time, lead­ing a highly so­cial and busy life (how ex­haust­ing we thought that all was), dot­ting from one so­cial en­gage­ment and ap­point­ment to the next – yet still find­ing time for our weekly catch ups at the de­sired wa­ter­ing hole of our choice to have a vino or two and put the world right again.

Now it’s creamy flat whites and caged play ar­eas.

Be­cause let’s face it, there is no bet­ter thing than meet­ing other mums and hav­ing some sim­ple un­in­ter­rupted adult con­ver­sa­tion while your de­light­ful child plays safely nearby.

Fenced off ar­eas with chil­dren’s toys at the ready are a pure god send for mums ev­ery­where – if you’re want­ing to be­come a lead­ing des­ti­na­tion for cof­fee con­nois­seurs with child(ren) in tow then this is hands down a must have.

I am afraid to say; some­times it is a deal breaker. Be­lieve me, moth­ers do want to spend their money on good cof­fee; they look for­ward to these out­ings, and they need it.

While fre­quent­ing a cafe to catch up with my like-minded mother friends is def­i­nitely high on the ‘look for­ward to’ list of the week, don’t even get me started on the sheer thrill of be­ing able to (on the rare oc­ca­sion) go to a cafe on your own!

To sit there and sip your de­li­cious bev­er­age slowly, de­vour your favourite muf­fin with­out shar­ing and pon­der over the lat­est gos­sip or dreamy house mags in peace – now that is truly Heaven.

So are cafes like ‘bars’ for mums? Well in my books they are well up there with drink­ing a nice glass of rose´ with your girl­friends in a sunny out­door ta­ble of a wa­ter­front bar.

Yes, they are a very close sec­ond to that.


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Tessa Wards

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